Around 130 songs have been submitted to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin.
EuroMix.co.il reports that around 130 songs have been submitted into the Israeli selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. This number is the lowest number since 2018 and is down by 90 from last year’s selection with Eden Alene. A committee is set to meet to assess all of the 130 submitted songs, with eight songs to be selected for the finalists of The X Factor Israel.
The Israeli fan site reports that song submission numbers were impacted by the fact that songwriters struggled to write for singers they were not familiar with. As a result, KAN and Channel 13 invited songwriters to attend the semi-final of the X Factor Israel to get to know the acts, however, only around 10 attended the live show, with some attending a screening of the show at Channel 13 offices.
The entry that will represent Israel will be determined over a number of shows. Following the X Factor Israeli semi-final on Channel 13 a second semi-final will be broadcast later on KAN 11, where each contestant who made it to the final four will perform two original songs selected for them by the professional committee that listened to the submitted songs. Of the two songs, one song per artist will qualify for the final.
In the final, which will be broadcast on Reshet 13, each finalist will perform the song that qualified for the final. The winning contestant will represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy.
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Israel debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, and were represented by Ilanit who finished in 4th place with the song “Ey Sham”. Their first victory came in 1978 with Izar Cohen and the Alphabeta. Israel won again the following year with Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. Israel’s third victory came in 1998 when Dana International performed “Diva” in Birmingham, beating Malta to victory in a tense voting sequence. Israel struggled in the contest during the early-2010s, failing to qualify for the final from 2011-2014. However since the HaKokhav HaBa selection process was introduced in 2015 Israel has seen its fortunes turned around. In 2018 Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Toy”, the song has gone on to be the most viewed Eurovision entry of all time on YouTube.